Corvette Racing’s Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia currently sit atop the TUDOR United Sportscar Championship’s driver standings, with teammates Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner sitting in eighth. The pairing are confident they can post a podium finish at Virginia International Raceway this weekend though, a result that would help Corvette Racing immensely in its bid for the championship.
At Road America earlier this month, Gavin and Milner raced back and forth with BMW Team RLL’s Lucas Luhr in his BMW Z4 GT3, no surprise considering the BMW team’s apparent strength so far in 2015. Neither the Corvettes nor the BMWs could catch the Porsche’s at Road America, though, and Gavin and Milner turned up seventh.
This weekend Gavin wants redemption. He expects Ferrari to have a significant advantage in the 458 Italia GT3, but as always, is more than confident Corvette Racing and Corvette C7.R can get the job done.
“I really hope the championship organisers have assessed the performance differentials between the different marques so everybody in GTLM has a shot at the top, but I think Ferrari will be a force to be reckoned with this weekend, as the 458 Italia is well suited to the circuit’s demands,” Gavin said. “Nevertheless, Tommy and I will be going out completely refreshed and revitalised, ready to face whatever the race throws at us and back up the #3 Corvette’s title push. I’m always targeting silverware and we will be ready to snap up a podium finish is an opportunity presents itself, although we have to do what’s best for Corvette Racing and make sure our priorities are straight. VIR is another classic racetrack – we’re so lucky to visit so many epic circuits – and I hope we have some more entertaining battles.”
Gavin and Milner’s first step towards getting a podium will be turning in a qualifying lap. Qualifying will be streamed live on IMSA.com 4:40 this Saturday, while the Oak Tree Grand Prix itself will be aired on FOX Sports 1 at 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday.